Feather Pheasant Bundle Knock-Off

There is nowhere quite as important to a teenage girl as the mall. Not only is it the place to see and be seen, but it’s also where all of one’s fashion dreams can come true. In my day, Wet Seal was THE store. I just knew that if I could get my clothes there then any awkwardness I was facing in those tenuous years would instantly fade away.

Pottery Barn Pheasant Feather Bundle Knock-Off atthepicketfence.com

I would walk through the door and I would be overwhelmed by the utter stylishness of it all. From stirrup pants to acid washed jeans with zippered ankles and cut off sweatshirts. It was all I could do to stay focused.

Cue my mom.

My mom knew that Wet Seal prices didn’t always match our families budget. And looking back, I realize what a wonderful job she did of allowing me my fashion dreams while also encouraging frugality. We would look through all of the racks and pick out a few things I liked and then head out of the store empty handed. You see, she wanted me to do some price comparisons. To see if, by chance, I could find something similar at a lesser price. More often than not, I would find something I liked even more elsewhere at a price we were all comfortable with. And while I didn’t always appreciate it at the time and I’m sure there was quite a bit of eye rolling involved on my part, now I see what a gift she gave me.

Because now when I see something I like at Pottery Barn that costs $149, I know that I can do better than that!

How to Make a Feather Pheasant Bundle

Supplies: Round container, burlap, twine, glue gun, faux feathers, sticks

feather arrangement supplies

Instructions: Wrap container with burlap securing in place with hot glue. Surround with twigs and secure in place with hot glue. Wrap a piece of twine on the top and on the bottom. Put feathers inside container.

sticks around vase with twine atthepicketfence.com

I know it doesn’t look exactly like the original version. Feathers are expensive at the craft store and to keep this a thrifty craft I had to use fewer of them.

faux feathers

But, just like my teenage pursuit of the perfect outfit at the mall, I find that I often prefer my own creation to the one that anyone could go buy.

Feather pheasant bundle atthepicketfence.com

It’s one-of-a-kind, unique and even though as teenagers (and let’s be honest even as grown women!) we want to fit in, the reality is that it’s so much better to just do YOU.

Pottery Barn Pheasant Feather Bundle Knock-Off atthepicketfence.com

My Wet Seal days are over. And while I’d like to say that the fashions of my teenage years are over too, apparently acid wash, stirrup pants and jeans with zippers at the ankle are all back in again. They’re calling it ‘retro’ which frankly I find incredibly insulting. 😉

But while that season of my life as passed, the lessons I learned during those years shopping at the mall with my mom have stayed with me and now I can pass them on to my own daughter while she rolls her eyes at me.

I guess it’s that whole circle of life thing and all. 😉

I’m so thrilled to be sharing my thrifty craft today with you as part of the Fall Ideas Tour!

fall ideas tour


Every day this week there has been loads and loads of ideas and inspiration to help you get in the spirit of the season!


fall mantels

Postcards from the Ridge | All Things Heart and Home

Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer | Domestically Speaking

Prodigal Pieces | Housepitality Designs

Mad In Crafts | My Creative Days


fall tablescapes

Refresh Restyle | 2 Bees in a Pod

Fox Hollow Cottage | Artsy Chicks Rule

Our Southern Home | Restoration Redoux

Savvy Southern Style | Atta Girl Says


fall wreaths

H2OBungalow | Cottage at the Crossroads

Today’s Creative Life | Dukes and Duchesses

Hunt & Host | The Interior Frugalista

Sweet Pea | Petticoat Junktion


fall craft ideas

At the Picket Fence |Town and Country Living

Cupcakes and Crinoline

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | So Much Better With Age

Art is Beauty | AKA Design

 Thank you so much for meeting me at the fence today,

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  1. Sandy says

    Your mom taught you well! Love this idea! Oh, I remember the days of browsing the wet seal! Your story is another good one.

  2. Pamela says

    .love your craft. Looks great! Your story was great too. I loved the wet seal also,but I did the same thing go look there and then see if I could find something close it. Don’t think I want to wear stirrup pants against wore them when I was 5 one in my lifetime is fine.☺️
    Be blessed

  3. says

    Simple, but so elegant! I remember one year my sister and I each snuck open a Christmas present when my Mom was out. Each of our boxes contained a pair of stirrup paints and a huge plaid shirt (were they even in then?). We tried them on and were parading around the house in our new outfits lol. Luckily we got everything wrapped back just so before our Mom came home, but I always think of that when I hear “stirrup pants” LOL!
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  4. says

    Girl, I am blown away by your awesomeness! This is SO much better than the PB version. It looks great and it’s lovingly made by YOU! Honestly, the way I feel about handmade items is that they will become heirlooms. And how can it get better than that? Thanks for sharing!!

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